Casual & Yanayacu/Pucate Rivers

Dec 16, 2019 - Delfin II

Today, we started our expedition in the enigmatic Upper Amazon in Peru with high spirits. Before breakfast, first thing in the morning we went for a skiff ride looking for wildlife in a very narrow creek, Parahuachiro Creek. It was a very successful outing, and we saw many bird species and a couple of squirrel and black-mantled tamarins as well.

Right after breakfast, we went for a hike in an area known as Casual. Equipped with rubber boots, insect repellent, and a lot of enthusiasm, we explored a terra firme (“solid ground”) rainforest trail. We had the company of our expert Delfin II naturalists, plus three local native scouts from a nearby community. This outing was an introduction to fascinating dynamics of the neotropical rainforest and its inhabitants. The explanations of our naturalists and the eagle eyes of the local scouts made a great combination. We observed several frog and lizard species, as well as a Peruvian pink-toed tarantula and several insect species.

In the afternoon, after lunch, we explored the Yanayacu River, which is a black water tributary of the Marañon River. In this area we spotted several bird species at a close range and a couple of three-toed sloths as well.

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Carlos Romero

Expedition Leader

Carlos was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Venezuela, where he lived for many years near the ocean and later the rainforest. He returned to Quito to study biology and specialized in the fauna of Ecuador. His main field of study was zoology with an emphasis on vertebrates. He has a doctorate in biology and a master’s in ecotourism and natural protected areas management. He designed a new curriculum for the largest university in Ecuador, the Central University— a masters in environmental management and administration of natural protected areas. Carlos has also taken part in various scientific projects and expeditions with the Biological Sciences Department of Quito’s Polytechnic University. He has published several scientific papers, including one about the bats of Galápagos and one about the vampire bat of mainland Ecuador.

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